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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,512 miles

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2002 Dodge Dakota transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 272012

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,233 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that after parking and exiting the vehicle, the vehicle rolled away into a busy street. The contact was able to recover the vehicle without incident. The vehicle was not diagnosed by an independent mechanic or a dealer. The contact was informed of the recall for the failure under NHTSA campaign id number: 07V555000 (power train:automatic transmission:lever and linkage:column shift). The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 100,233. Updated 02/20/13 updated 02/20/2013

- Atco, NJ, USA

problem #8

Apr 152009

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota rt. While parking the vehicle, the contact stated the shifter would not move into park. He moved the gear shift as far as it would go and engaged the emergency brakes. He parked on a incline and used some blocks to secure the vehicle from moving. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and he was advised that his vehicle was not a part of the recall. The contact stated that his transmission has also started to malfunction. He referenced recall NHTSA campaign id number 07V555000, power train:automatic transmission lever and linkage column shift. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 69,000. The approximate current mileage is 73,000. Updated 10/21/10. Updated 10/26/10

- San Bruno, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 012009

Dakota

  • 58,300 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the shift interlock would not allow him to shift into gear. The failure was due to the power train transmission linkage, which has failed on more than one occasion. When this occurs, it sometimes takes more than thirty minutes to shift out of park. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the vehicle would not be repaired according to NHTSA campaign id number 07V555000 (power train:automatic transmission:lever and linkage:column shift). The contact took his vehicle to a repair shop for repairs. The failure mileage was 58,300.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 012008

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2002 Dodge Dakota with a recall. Consumer states that the headlights and door locks worked fine before it was put into the shop to have the recall performed. She states that now they only work sporadically. Recall # 07V555000.

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 262008

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,924 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that her vehicle rolled out of the driveway and crashed while parked. The crash damaged the rear bumper and tailgate. The dealer stated that they would not repair the vehicle until she notified her insurance company. NHTSA campaign id number 07V555000 (powertrain: Automatic transmission: Lever and linkage: Column shift) was referenced. The current and failure mileages were 64,924.

- Kenai , AK, USA

problem #4

Mar 042008

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. The contact attempted to move the vehicle, but remained stuck when in low gear. He placed the vehicle into park and exited the vehicle. The vehicle began to drive in reverse and the contact was struck by the door and knocked to the ground. The vehicle began to drag the contact. The vehicle's owner was able to enter the vehicle and shut it off. The vehicle slipped into reverse. The same day a recall letter was received for NHTSA campaign id number 07V555000 (power train:automatic transmission:lever and linkage:column shift). The contact sustained bruises on her right leg. The mileage information, purchase date, powertrain, and dealer information were unavailable.

- Wakefield, RI, USA

problem #3

May 172006

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

In the spring 2006 my Dodge Dakota popped out of gear and rolled backwards towards oncoming traffic and fuel pumps. I tried to stop the truck but ended up getting knocked off my feet and in doing so I grabbed the steering wheel and fell causing the truck to run over both of my legs. I was treated at the hospital and released and my truck suffered rear end damage to this day still not repaired.

- Niles, MS, USA

problem #2

Jan 172004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer requesting reimbursement to repair a 2002 Dodge Dakota. Consumer stated that he had this repair done in 2004 and would like reimbursement for the repair. The consumer stated back in 2004 he experienced the same problem as described in the recall. He parked the vehicle, removed the key from the ignition, and exited the vehicle. The vehicle then rolled out of the driveway hitting a tree. The consumer was denied reimbursement, because according to Dodge, he didn't notify them when the incident happened.

- Bayville, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 062003

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,150 miles
2002 Dodge Dakota parking safety failure: My 5 year old son was able to take the vehicle out of park while it was parked in our drive-way; neither ignition key was in the vehicle nor the brake pedal was pressed. The vehicle rolled back down the drive-way; luckily there were no injury or damage to the property. The dealer, carl gregory Dodge in atlanta ga, fixed the problem. However, the dealer told me that they never seen this problem before and it took the dealer 4 days to figure out the problem. The manufacturer finally informed the dealer that it was a bad casting in the steering wheel column parts. This is a major safety issue and yet the dealer has no knowledge and there were no re-call. My friend also told me a similar incident that happened recently on Dodge durango. The same thing happened and a little boy was killed. Both vehicles use the same steering wheel column. Dodge needs to make a recall on this problem.

- Duluth, GA, USA

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